Now, full disclosure, as the disclaimer on this page makes clear, we are not legally allowed to make statements that are displayed as fact when it comes to the medical properties of CBD, but that’s okay because we have no intention of doing so.
The truth is (spoiler alert) we don’t know, and neither does anyone else. Yes, there are people who have said that CBD has helped their depression, and we are by no means calling those people liars, but when it comes to the science backing up the statement that CBD is a viable treatment for depression, there simply isn’t enough of it yet.
So instead of telling you whether it is or isn’t, why don’t we just sit down together to take a look at what’s been said, and see whether there is likely to be a yes or no answer to this question any time soon.
What is Depression?
Depression is a common mental health disorder that affects an estimated 15% of the population at some point in their lives.
Depression can be a debilitating disorder, impacting various aspects of the sufferer’s life, and in some, battling with depression can be a lifelong fight.
There are several ways that depression is treated, but it cannot be cured. Depression is not a specific disorder with specific symptoms, it can show itself in various ways depending on the person, and as a result, there is no singular treatment method that is best for everyone.
One of the newest tools to be added to the conversation is CBD, but can it really help?
What We Know About CBD and Depression
The first thing to be aware of is whenever you read anything about CBD and depression (that comes from a trustworthy source) you will see the words ‘may’ and ‘could’ used a lot, simply because nothing is known for sure. So the first thing we know, is that we don’t know much.
Quick aside, you will probably find sites that state it is a sure-fire fact that CBD cures depression, we will not link to any such site because we have no interest in encouraging them, but it’s important to remember that any site that makes unsubstantiated claims about the benefits of CBD should be avoided, and certainly should not be treated as a viable resource of information.
There have been some studies that show positive signs when it comes to the effects of CBD on depression, but at this point, signs are all they are, there is nothing confirmed yet.
What We Don’t Know About CBD and Depression
The truth is, this list is much bigger. We know that serotonin levels have a lot to do with depression, and it is possible that CBD interacts positively with serotonin receptors in the brain, but there has not been enough research yet, so we don’t know.
We also don’t know what kind of side effects CBD could have on those who suffer with depression. Again, early signs from studies are good, but they are only early signs at this point, so we don’t know.
Perhaps one of the most important things we are yet to discover, is whether there is also the possibility that taking CBD could have a negative impact on people with depression.
There is nothing yet to suggest this is true, but again (and we know this is getting repetitive) there has not been enough in terms of scientific discovery to confirm that yet.
We would love to stand here and tell you that there is a sure answer when it comes to CBD and depression, but there simply is not yet.
There may well be in time, and rest assured, we will tell you as soon as there’s any news, but until then, it is entirely up to you whether you want to try CBD, for any reason.
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